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#26 Jim Curry

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Posted 04 November 2014 - 09:41 PM

 

 

62mm Mystery Refractor.  Early Unitron?

 

http://www.cloudynig...nese-refractor/

unbranded Unitron.  Not a bad price for just an OTA with eyepieces.  However, everyone wants that Unitron name.

 

What is the story about unbranded Unitrons? I have heard of other names they were sold under but not unbranded.

 

 

I've had early ones from the 1952-1954 era. Some had branded focusers but lens cells like this one.  I've also had some with a United Scientific stick on label inside the box.  I suspect that in that first year-two-three they were importing and selling without full branding while they tested the waters and sold off the initial unmarked or partially marked inventory.  This one's looks unique to me.


 

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Posted 04 November 2014 - 11:09 PM

Someone's dream telescope awaits. Unitron 125mm f=2000.

 

If I had the money or the observatory to hold this thing I would be there right now.

 

http://www.kijiji.ca...omie/1030378358

Michael, Nice to see you post...

 

And I must say that is one **** of a post!!!


 

#28 Jim Curry

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Posted 05 November 2014 - 07:02 AM

 

Someone's dream telescope awaits. Unitron 125mm f=2000.

 

If I had the money or the observatory to hold this thing I would be there right now.

 

http://www.kijiji.ca...omie/1030378358

Michael, Nice to see you post...

 

And I must say that is one **** of a post!!!

 

 

Cheap money if you can house it.  Mechanical drive, too. Not too far a drive, either.

Jim


Edited by Jim Curry, 05 November 2014 - 07:09 AM.

 

#29 Rich (RLTYS)

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Posted 05 November 2014 - 09:19 AM

Someone's dream telescope awaits. Unitron 125mm f=2000.

 

If I had the money or the observatory to hold this thing I would be there right now.

 

http://www.kijiji.ca...omie/1030378358

That's certainly my dream telescope. :drool5:

 

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#30 starman876

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Posted 05 November 2014 - 09:29 AM

 

Someone's dream telescope awaits. Unitron 125mm f=2000.

 

If I had the money or the observatory to hold this thing I would be there right now.

 

http://www.kijiji.ca...omie/1030378358

That's certainly my dream telescope. :drool5:

 

Rich (RLTYS)

 

That would be a lot of peoples dream scope.


 

#31 terraclarke

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Posted 05 November 2014 - 09:34 AM

I can't imagine! A five inch pier mounted Uni for 6K Canadian. What would the import duty be?


 

#32 AstroPhys

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Posted 05 November 2014 - 09:48 AM

No import duty to Michigan. We are part Canadian up here, eh?


 

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Posted 05 November 2014 - 10:08 AM

I would suspect the import tax would be around $325.   However, you would need to set yourself up as an importer with the value of that scope.  the paperwork is not that bad.  However, the cost of shipping would be astronomical.   And if you could drive to pick it up you would need a van and help to lift that scope into the van.   It also sounds like you need to take the dome with you as well.  I think they want somone to dismantle the dome for them hence the cheap price for the scope.  You will need to do $6000 worth of work to get the scope.


 

#34 Grava T

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Posted 05 November 2014 - 10:45 AM

Give me $5800 for the telescope plus another $6000 and I will do all the work. :)


 

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Posted 05 November 2014 - 10:53 AM

Give me $5800 for the telescope plus another $6000 and I will do all the work. :)

How far are you from Montreal?

It would be interesting to find out the whole story.  There is only the single picture so it is hard to tell the true condition of the scope.


 

#36 dyslexic nam

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Posted 05 November 2014 - 11:27 AM

Re the Unitron - astro goods are supposed to be exempt from import tariffs under NAFTA, if that makes a difference.


 

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Posted 05 November 2014 - 12:37 PM

I was just talking with the owner and he said he bought the telescope new in 1967 and it is in mint condition. Really well taken care of.

The shocking part of the conversation was that he is selling it to a gentleman this afternoon for $1000!   :shocked:

 

Deal of the century or what??


Edited by Grava T, 05 November 2014 - 12:38 PM.

 

#38 Nave

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Posted 05 November 2014 - 01:40 PM

I was just talking with the owner and he said he bought the telescope new in 1967 and it is in mint condition. Really well taken care of.

The shocking part of the conversation was that he is selling it to a gentleman this afternoon for $1000!   :shocked:

 

Deal of the century or what??

Probably a scrap-metal dealer.


 

#39 Geo31

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Posted 05 November 2014 - 03:01 PM

I was just talking with the owner and he said he bought the telescope new in 1967 and it is in mint condition. Really well taken care of.

The shocking part of the conversation was that he is selling it to a gentleman this afternoon for $1000!   :shocked:

 

Deal of the century or what??

 

Look for it on eBay or Amart in the next few weeks....   ;)

 

You sure you're not missing a zero on the end of that figure?   :grin:


 

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Posted 05 November 2014 - 03:33 PM

I kid you not. My mouth dropped to the floor when I heard that. I was going to offer him about the same when I called, but too late.


 

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Posted 05 November 2014 - 04:17 PM

I was just talking with the owner and he said he bought the telescope new in 1967 and it is in mint condition. Really well taken care of.

The shocking part of the conversation was that he is selling it to a gentleman this afternoon for $1000!   :shocked:

 

Deal of the century or what??

that is the deal of the century.   I am going to my corner now and cry :bawling: :bawling:


 

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Posted 05 November 2014 - 04:18 PM

You know that Turk has been very silent during all this.  What makes me think he is in Montreal?


 

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Posted 05 November 2014 - 04:28 PM

Wasn't Terra talking about a road trip not to long ago?


 

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Posted 05 November 2014 - 04:30 PM

You know that Turk has been very silent during all this.  What makes me think he is in Montreal?

 

I was busy photographing a wedding!   That certainly would be a wonderful deal if Canadian $.  Sure it's not something else? The numbers look funny : }


 

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Posted 06 November 2014 - 10:49 AM

Wasn't Terra talking about a road trip not to long ago?

 

Yep, and the road trip got re-routed and postponed. I was in touch with the seller this morning actually. He has the scope set aside for me and I am driving to pick it up a week from Saturday. It will take an honored place in my collection if it is anywhere near as nice as it seems. I have always wanted one of these and will post pictures of it in the "...Finds" thread when I get it home. You all know my fondness for smaller scopes and this one is a very usable refractor which will be used as well as displayed.

 

Its not quite so far as Montreal and in the opposite direction. What would I have ever done with a 5" Unitron anyway? It would be too big for me to use, and to big for me to display. And it needs to be in an observatory. That one has gone to a very good home, as my soon to be acquired and much smaller scope will as well.


 

#46 Bob Myler

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Posted 06 November 2014 - 01:57 PM

'Didn't know that W&S was in the rifle scope business....

 

Warner & Swasey Model 1913 Telescopic Musket Sight - SB: $250....

 

http://www.auctionzi...campaign=alerts


 

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Posted 06 November 2014 - 03:12 PM

OK,  No more posts unless you can top the 5" unitron in canada :p


 

#48 AstroPhys

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Posted 06 November 2014 - 03:50 PM

Well, I guess that's the end of this thread's era.


 

#49 Chuck Hards

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Posted 06 November 2014 - 04:22 PM

I realize that the typical ad now seems rather mundane, but let's get back to business as usual.   The Unitron has it's own thread now, make additional comments about it there. 

 

Thanks!


 

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Posted 06 November 2014 - 04:37 PM

OH Hum . . . . .

 

http://www.ebay.com/...=item46232bc9a6


 


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